If you follow contemporary RnB, you know that there has been a continual downward spiral in content and quality. Artists of caliber have been pushed to the background while mediocre talent with hyper-sexualized images have moved to the forefront; Rihanna, Beyonce, and of course Ciara.
They are not alone of course and I actually like some of their songs. I applaud their success. I do think these artists overdo it in the sex sells department.
I do not however agree with the author of a post over at SoulBounce.
Someone please explain why Justin Timberlakecontinually gets a pass to fetishize and exploit the image of Black women. Right now. Because after watching him aggressively pulling on a chain wrapped around Ciara's neck only to later use her bending body as a leaning post in her new video for "Love Sex Magic," it's getting ludicrously difficult to understand.
It been years since "Nipplegate" after which he distanced himself from Janet Jackson, cowardly allowing her to endure the overly harsh criticism alone. The outcry against his actions from those of us in the indignant minority was quickly overshadowed by an increase in album sales, multiple music awards and an increase in his Pop stardom miming Black music and culture. Instead of subjecting his next project with trepidation–let alone dismissal–nearly every "urban" club, radio station and music channel on the planet had the masses bumping to a song with a hook that's about shackles, whipping and slavery. SOURCE
Personally, I think the author's real issue is with Justin Timberlake's whiteness. I think attributing to him the attributes of a slave master is wrong, displaced, and absolves women of culpability in these actions. He's a pop star for goodness sake.
Besides he's safe. It is easy to yell, "bad, bad white man!" than to hold the fire to a music industry that has taught the world how to correctly objectify women.
Here is the video that started it all. You may leave your opinions in the comments section. Thanks.
I do like the song, though.